Tips for boosting motivation!

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We’ve all been at that point when we just want to skip our workouts. The reasons are many sometimes that sheer exhaustion, stress, too busy, zero motivation or just flat-out don’t want to. The fact of the matter is if we only worked out when we felt like it, totally awake, stress free and had plenty of time we’d probably rarely workout because life is busy and can be stressful.

Here are a few ways to help you get motivated and continue to work towards your goals on those days when you don’t want to get up, feel stressed out and busy.

Pump up the Jam:

It may sound simple and maybe a little dumb but making a killer playlist can really give you a motivation boost! I cannot they you have many times I’m ready for a workout and start my music app and then is bad song workout song I left feeling unmotivated, contrast that to times I used my own playlist and I have been at the end of my stamina on a run then an awesome song comes on and I suddenly have an energy boost and can keep going!

Here are a  few songs from one of my many workout playlist:

Macklemore – Brad Pitt’s Cousin

Lady Gaga – Poker Face

Pitbull – Hey Baby

Skillet – Feel Invincible 

Iggy Azalea – Black Widow

Look the part:

Wearing your favorite workout clothes can work wonders in motivating you to get up and do it. For me personally this is a big motivator. There is nothing like a new pair of of workout leggings to kick my butt into gear! Got shoes about tapped out on how many miles you put on them? Replace them! My all time favorite workout shoe are these awesome

Nike Free RN Flyknit:

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These shoes are like being barefoot and so comfy!

Plan it:

Nothing can stop motivation in its tracks more than getting your self all ready {whether it for a home gym workout or a gym workout} and realize you have no idea what you are doing…weights, zumba….ugh. One of the simplest ways I have found to thwart this motivation buster is by planning ahead. Whether you are using a printed out calendar, a dry erase board or your phone, by simply writing down what you want to do and how long you want to do it will really help keep you motivated and excited!

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Phone a Friend:

We all get in blah funks. That’s ok, we are human. Unfortunately for many that funk can turn into giving up…we don’t want that! I don’t want that! Simply calling up your bestie or sister or mom or husband…ect. can rejuvenate you! Feeling like you don’t want to do anything? Ask you sister if she want to go for a walk tonight and just talk! You’ll be surprised how much stress is lifted and how much physically better you feel! My husband and I do a lunch time and night time walk together every single day and let me tell you it does so much for daily stress and motivation.

Reevaluate:

Finally, sometimes we find ourselves feeling unmotivated because we have so many different workouts. Maybe you are doing Zumba, PiYo, weights, and….so on all in one day. Just like anything thing else you can easily get burned out by doing too much. Contrast that to only doing a small walk, then the next day weights for 20 minutes…Doing too little can take your motivation away very quickly. In my experience working out very lightly can be discouraging because you don’t see results. Reevaluation goes hand in hand with “Plan it” above.

I hope that these few tips that I use help you too! Don’t let yourself get lost in un-motivation.

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Kushyfoot Fall/Winter 2015 Collection {Review & GIVEAWAY!!}

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Remember a few weeks ago when I shared with you guys my new love for Kushyfoot?

I am beyond thrilled to bring you another collab with Kushyfoot and share some of the new fall/winter 2015 collection.

Since it is the  fall winter collection I’m sure it won’t come as any surprise that I received quite a few pairs of tights! I am so excited about this because I love tights in the fall and in the winter, so I really feel like this was a tailor-made collaboration for me!

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In addition to the tights I received a fantastic pair of fleece knee-high trouser socks, a pair of sheer anklet socks and a pair of my all-time favorite flats to go!

Here’s a little breakdown of everything…

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Fashion Tights in Fishnet $7.49

Anyone who grew up in the 80s knows the importance of a nice pair of fishnet tights! I have been loving these, I love that I can throw on a dress and a pair of boots and these fishnets and have a super cute outfit! I wore these out a few days ago and I got so many compliments! My sister-in-law said that they were the nicest quality she’s seen in a long time!

Fashion Tights in Diamond $7.49

I was thrilled to receive this diamond pair of tights, the pattern is so beautiful! Every time I wear them I get so many compliments on them! I’m thinking I need to get another pair or two for fall and winter because I’m probably going to wear these out wearing them so much! Oh and these tight have a massaging soul which is really comfortable I highly recommend them!

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Opaque Tights in Navy Blue $7.49

O love these navy blue opaque tights! I have a really cute dress that has a navy blue bodice and I have had a really hard time finding a pair of tights that match…well wouldn’t you know these tights are a perfect match! As with the other these tights have a massaging foot sole and are super comfortable. Just like the others  I get compliments on them all the time I think it’s because they are navy blue and it’s just not the color that you see very often. I highly recommend these as well!

Shaping Tights in Black $7.49
These tights have the massaging sole as well and a controlled top so they’re not sliding down. These are the perfect black tights to take your outfit up a notch of chic! I love the way that these tights look with my brown boots, pink boots, black boots, camel boots, they look good with everything! I do really love these and I highly recommend them as well!

OK so we’re seeing theme here!  I 100% recommend kushyfoot tights!

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Trouser Socks $5.99

Oh these socks! SUPER soft and cozy inside! I have been wearing theses no stop! They are perfect with dresses, jeans, pants whatever! They have kept my feet so warm and I love that! If I was going to buy a 2nd of anything I received it would hands down be another pair or two of these! You need these!

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Sheer Anklet $11.97 / 3 pairs

these adorable little sheer socks go great with dressy shoes or converse. They are really thin so they work great with heels or even TOMS! I personally have been wearing them with jeans and converse or with my ugg boots {you know sometimes those boots just get too hot ;)} I’m really glad I got these…I honestly probably would not have bought these on my own but I do like that they are a pretty little sheer pair of socks…great to throw in my purse especially for trying on shoes!

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Flats to Go $9.99-$11.99

If you read my last post {you can read that here} you know that I am just in love with these, so I was beyond thrilled to receive another alligator print! These are perfect I can keep a pair in the car and keep a pair by the front door and always have access to them! I wear them all the time. I have had so many people send me emails since my last post asking about them! I had one particular reader email me because she did not believe me that they were so inexpensive, she was sure they were actually high-end flats!! I assured her they were $11.99 and she was thrilled and let me know she had picked up a few pairs! As I mentioned in my previous post…YOU NEED these!! Get them today! They are great!

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If I didn’t mention something that you’re looking for chances are Kushyfoot has it on their website I highly recommend heading over and see everything else they have!

Head over to KushyFoot and tell me what you love!

OH but wait there is MORE!!!! Want to win all the products that I received? One lucky winner will get EVERYTHING that I just talked about!!!

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Giveaway will run from 11/06/15 – 11/15/15

I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to the lovely Alexa at *Lipton Publicity and *Kushyfoot for sending me this awesome fall line!

*Although Lipton Publicity/Kushyfoot did send me these products to review I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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ShoeKicker wants YOU!

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I super excited to share ShoeKicker Beta with you! I know, I know you’re thinking “What the heck is ShoeKicker?” Basically think kayak.com but for running shoes!

ShoeKicker was started by Imran Khoja just recently…I’m talking recently, as in this summer! His goal was to provide a way for runners to save money on their running shoes and time searching…ummm YES! I love that!

What makes ShoeKicker stand out? When you buy on ShoeKicker you can save up to $27, that may not sound like a big deal but actually it really is more than you think. My friend over at ShoeKicker put it this way “If you buy shoes 4 times a year and plan to run for 20 years–that’s 2 round trip tickets to Paris right there, just by going to ShoeKicker” What the heck I don’t want to miss out on a trip to Paris do you?

So how does it work? When you head over to ShoeKicker you will see this screen:

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Simply fill in the prompts {as you can see I was searching for Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit} then click “Show me the best price

You will see this:

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Like what you found? Click “Get Em” and you will be taken to the website with the best price and you can complete your order!

I absolutely love this and let me tell you it couldn’t have come at a better time because I’m in serious need of some new running shoes and so is my hubby! ShoeKicker to the rescue!

A few things you need to know about ShoeKicker:

  • They are still VERY new
  • They are planning to add more vendors and more brands {so if you don’t find exactly what you are looking for no worries its coming!}

This is where you come in! I want to invite me readers to head over to ShoeKicker have a look around and see what you think then come back and let me know your thoughts. ShoeKicker would love to hear any and all feedback and since so many of my reader are in fact runners I thought you guys would be a perfect “focus group”. Since ShoeKicker is brand spankin new this help would really mean a lot to them!SK

This is NOT a sponsored or compensated post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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Kushyfoot Review

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When Kushyfoot approached me about reviewing some of their products, I honestly had never heard of them before but I love trying new things so I was excited to give them a try. After doing a little research and discovering they have been around since 2003 and have pretty fantastic products I was even more excited!  Their name is not only cute but it’s also very clever because since the main goal of Kushyfoot is to provide comfort for your feet throughout the day! Kushyfoot offers tons of different tights, knee highs, socks, foot covers and flats to go.

Kushyfoot sent me some really great stuff!

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including:

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Athletic Foot Cover Designed to wear with your runners, or canvas sneakers, this foot cover provides extra comfort in your shoes for sport activities.

unnamed-2I really like the Athletic Foot Cover a LOT! They have a fantastic heel gripper that keeps the sock in place rather than sliding off bunching in your shoe and being just plain uncomfortable! Although these are meant to be used with tennis shoes or similar I actually wore them with a pair of combat style boots…all day long…well guess what? The socks totally and completely stayed in place! I was really impressed with the heel gripper, not only with my boots but also when I wore them running. When you are a runner you know a thing or two about ankle socks, actually I rarely ever where socks running because regardless of the style they always seem to slip off my heel or they are too high and add pressure to my ankle. That is not the case with these! I really think these socks will be perfect to throw on with a pair of ugg boots this winter to add a little extra comfort and warmth! Oh and the cut of these socks are great and are perfect to wear with TOMS or Converse and you can’t even tell you have on socks!

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Yoga Socks Kushyfoot® yoga socks are one-of-a-kind. Made exclusively to fit like a glove, socks feature open toes and a non-slip sole to grip the floor and mat. Perfect for activities that require balance and stability. Yoga socks also keep your feet clean and help warm up feet in winter months when your muscles are cold. Also great for Barre and Pilates! 

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unnamed-4I LOVE these Yoga Socks! They are comfortable and make holding even the most difficult poses so much easier! The non-slip sole is the perfect amount of grip. I have had non-slip socks in the past and they have either had way too little grip that serves no purpose or way too much sticky grip, resulting in having all kinds of gunk stuck in the grippers…yuck! In fact I have a few different yoga mats and one of them is notoriously slippery…I mean I feel my foot slipping in the warrior 1…now that is slippery! So I was so excited to try out these Yoga Socks with that particular mat! YAY no slip baby! In my opinion these are more than just yoga socks. I do NOT wear socks to bed, in fact I hate wearing socks to bed because me feet get way too hot, but I also have very dry feet and heels, {although these yoga socks were not necessarily intended for this} they are AMAZING to wear over an overnight foot moisturizing  treatment and I can wear these to bed because I guess my feet can breathe because my toe are not confined inside the sock…ok so I’m a little bit of a weirdo but there is no judgement here 😉 All in all I love these for many different reasons, plus they are toe sock {is that what their called? That’s what I’ve always called them…you know when your toes each have their own little home!} This was my favorite type of sock with I was a kid!

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Flats To Go Designed with a soft sole, flats can be rolled up or folded so that you can tote them in your purse ready for any potential shoe emergency. Designed for indoor use and occasionally on smooth outdoor surfaces. Great for travel too!

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unnamed-8Out of everything I received I was most excited to try out the Flats To Go! I wasn’t really sure what to expect?! I was so incredibly excited when they arrived and I discovered that not only are they very lightweight and very well made but they’re super comfortable AND extremely trendy and fashionable!! Flats To Go are designed for indoor or smooth surface outdoor use {so you won’t want to go hiking in them 😉 } I’ve gotta tell you I LOVE THEM!  I really want to get all the other style and stash them all over the car and in my purse so I will always have a super cute pair of shoes when my feet are achy or cold!unnamed-7

They fit perfectly in my purse…did I mention they fold up and take up very little space! How many times have you worn the super cute but VERY uncomfortable shoes to a wedding or party only to have your feet are screaming half way through? Yeah…been there, the Flats To Go are PERFECT for just such an occasion! These would be a perfect addition to a travelers carry on bag for both walking in airports and keeping feet warm on the plane. I have a quite a few friends who are excepting over the next 6 months and Flats To Go would be an awesome baby shower gift for mama! These would be excellent for swollen feet and for the hospital. I’m sure I don’t have to say this but…I love Flats To Go I’ve worn them to the grocery store, doctors appointments, PT appointments, church and of course they’ve gotten a TON of use around the house, but I think the best part about the Flats To Go are the reactions I get when people realize they are not high-end ballet flats! Quite a few of my friends have already picked up some Flats To Go and I’ve only had them for a few days, I really think that speaks volumes about them!

I love everything that Kushyfoot sent me and cannot wait to try out the Lace Foot CoversPeep Toe Foot Cover and of course Snake Print Flats to Go®

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to the lovely Alexa at *Lipton Publicity and *Kushyfoot for sending these awesome shoes and socks!

*Although Lipton Publicity/Kushyfoot did send me these products to review I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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My Asics Gel-Fit Sana Shoes {Review}

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Since becoming a FitFluential Ambassador I have been given so many awesome opportunities, Like recently when I was given a chance to try out the new Asics Gel-Fit Sana shoes. I was really excited about the shoes because they are a crosstraining shoe and the last pair of shoes I bought were running shoes. I do a lot of different training drills such as jumping and sprinting so I was really excited to see how the Gel-Fit Sana was going to perform!

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When unboxing the Asics Gel-Fit Sana I immediately notice that these are very trim and snug shoes, very similar to a water shoe {which I love because in the past I’ve had a problem of shoes being too loose from my toes to my heel and I’ve always liked the feel of a water shoe but generally you can’t really do any running or training in those}

flexIn addition to their snug feel they are also very light weight it feels like you’re walking on clouds or memory foam {you know that stuff that we have mattresses and mattress pads made out of?} Because of the cushy soles the shoes also have a springy bounce to them… That’s probably why they’re perfect for agility training 😉 They are also extremely flexible! Honestly, wearing these is just like being barefoot!

The shoes are also extremely breathable because they are made out of a wonderful mesh that not only keeps your feet and ankles snug and in place but also allows your feet to breathe. Ok, so I know this is really gross but my feet get really hot and sweaty and this can cause some serious discomfort, but that has not been the case at all with the Asics Gel-Fit Sana‘s are amazing…even in the winter!

These shoes grip like you wouldn’t believe. So I don’t know about you but I hate when my shoes have minimal traction, I like knowing my feet are going to stay where I plant them! The Asics Gel-Fit Sana does just that! Recently we actually got some real winter weather here in the Pacific Northwest and I was so excited to see how my Asics would do in snow and ice. Yeah, they did {and are doing} AWESOME. Every night my husband and I do a 2 mile walk in our neighborhood. shoes6Last week we had gotten a pretty nasty ice/rain storm then the temperatures plummeted resulting in our neighborhood becoming a ice skating rink!
My hubby and weren’t about to let something like silly ice stop us! Let me tell you the Asiscs did AMAZING!!! I was able to keep my feet planted with very minimal slipping! Oh and remember how I told you that they are mesh…yeah that pretty awesome because by the time we got home my feel were soaked yet not cold and they dried in about an hour upon returning home…Oh I love that!

The Gel-Fit Sana shoes come in a bunch of beautiful colors but I could not stray from my love of pink and purple so of course those are the ones that I selected but check out different color selections:

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So how do I go about testing training shoes? Well, I have been wearing them every single day for the last few weeks and I’ve got to tell you I am in love with the shoes! I wore my Asics Gel-Fit Sana‘s hiking, walking, CrossFit, agility and shopping {psst these shoes are awesome for Circuit training}

Performance wise I absolutely love how they stay snug on my foot without feeling too tight, they breathe awesome so if I’m doing a long circuit they are keeping my feet nice and cool and I’m not feeling fatigue and my feet because they’re hot or tight. These for sure make an awesome every day shoe, I can’t even tell you how many compliments I gotten on them while shopping and taking the kids doctors appointments {yeah cold and flu season}

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Another thing that I absolutely love about the Asics Gel-Fit Sana shoes is something that you may not think about or consider…I didn’t.  Remember that fantastic mash that I’ve been mentioning? Well, because of it these shoes are extremely easy to clean! There’s a little story I’d like to tell you…

shoes2The day after my shoes arrived there was a sad incident at my mom’s house. As I walked in her front door one of her dogs {she rescues large breed dogs} went running out the door the same time I was walking in and slammed right into my hip {I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before but I’m only 5 foot tall so it really knocked me off-balance} I didn’t fall…thank you Asics for the sticky soles but sadly I did drop my entire vente starbucks all over my pants and my shoes. To say I was bummed would be an absolute understatement, I was so upset “thinking great I just got these brand-new shoes and now they are covered in coffee” Well, let me tell you, not only did they get totally clean but all I did was rinse and light wipe with a wet cloth…after the coffee dried.  No scrubbing! After I wiped them I set them in front of the heater and they dried in a about an hour! Ok, so for a mom of three kids who are always spilled this experience sealed the deal in being my favorite shoe!

The verdict when it was all said and done? I LOVE them! These are my all time favorite training shoes and I think I’ going to have to pick up another pair because these are definitely going to be my go to shoes for not and in the summer especially when we hit those really really hot days and I need to do some training but just don’t want to wear shoes, I think that these are going to be the best shoes for that!

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I absolutely recommend these to you if you are a cross trainer or somebody that just wants a really great lightweight shoe you NEED these! The best part? You won’t break the bank they are a great price of $80!

Big shout out to Asics and FitFluential for letting me review these fantastic shoes!

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